Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. Northwestern Wildcats Pick-Odds-Prediction 11/2/13
Northwestern Wildcats (4-4) at Nebraska Cornhuskers (5-2)
College Football: Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 3:30 pm (Memorial Stadium)
The Line: Nebraska Cornhuskers -7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: BTN HD
The Northwestern Wildcats hope a trip to Lincoln on Saturday will be the change of scenery they need to get back into the win column.
The Nebraska Cornhuskers are coming off a disappointing loss this past weekend to the Golden Gophers of Minnesota. The Huskers came into this one looking strong, ranked in the top 25 and only having one loss on the season. The Gophers had other ideas. The Huskers have had trouble stopping the run all season long, and the Gophers took advantage, gaining 271 yards on the ground against Big Red. The Huskers managed just 328 yards of total offense against the Gophers on the day, getting outgained 328-430. Taylor Martinez was back under center for Nebraska on Saturday, and with his performance (16/30 for 139 yards, one TD and one pick) fans are calling for Armstrong to get the start against the Wildcats. One bright spot for the Huskers was the play of their back Ameer Abdullah. Abdullah went off again this past weekend, racking up 165 yards against the Gopher defense, and going forward Abdullah looks like a big bright spot for this offense. Defensively this team just needs to figure out how to stop the run, or else Nebraska will be in big trouble the rest of the season with the meat of their Big Ten schedule looming.
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The Northwestern Wildcats fell again this past weekend as the ‘Cats were defeated by the Hawkeyes in Iowa City. The Wildcats have now dropped four straight, and you can see the physical toll their brutal schedule, starting with the Buckeyes has taken on this team. The Wildcats were without their star back Venric Mark against the Hawkeyes, and even though the ‘Cats were able to rush for 225 yards against Iowa, his absence was felt. The Wildcats did have Kain Colter back, and Colter looked like his old self against Iowa, completing 11/14 for 104 yards and a score, while also rushing for 60 yards on 18 attempts. The Wildcats were without their pocket passer Siemian on the day, and his absence was felt as the ‘Cats were forced to be more one dimensional with Colter under center. Defensively the Wildcats played very well, holding Iowa to just 136 yards on the ground and 169 through the air, but a huge punt return and some nice situational quarterback play from Rudock was the difference in the game.
The Wildcats are 0-5 against the spread in their last five games, and the total has gone under in five of the last six games for Northwestern. The Huskers are 9-3-1 against the spread in their last 13 home games, and the Huskers are 12-1 overall in their last 13 games in Lincoln.
I’m going to take the Wildcats here. Northwestern is better than they have been playing lately, and the Wildcats are finally getting healthy. Look for the Huskers to come out motivated on Saturday, but the Pelini vs. Fitz coaching matchup is not even close, and with the struggles the Huskers defense has been having this season, look for the Wildcats to keep it close enough for the cover on Saturday.